LeBron James on changes to NBA All-Star Game format: ‘Why not?
LeBron James has joined the chorus of NBA players who have expressed approval of the changes to the league’s All-Star Game format.
The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, who knows a thing or two about the NBA’s midseason showcase on the account of being a 13-time All-Star, suggested the previous format had gone stale and nearly unwatchable. That said, James is 100 percent behind the NBA’s decision to tinker with things, saying of the changes, “Why not?”
The new format for the NBA All-Star Game — beginning with the 2018 edition at Staples Center next February — essentially entails that the top vote-getter in each conference will be designated as team captains. From there, each captain will be free to choose players — starting with 12 coming from each conference — playground-style, regardless of conference affiliation.
“I don’t see it as a bad idea. We had to do something,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “The All-Star Game has been pretty bad the last couple years just from a competition standpoint. Trying to switch it up.
“Just like how the dunk contest was at one point it was great, then it wasn’t so well, so they had to kind of switch it up. Then it got good, then it got bad and you switch it up again. You see what happens. It’s hard to say if it’s good or bad yet. We haven’t done it yet. February isn’t here yet so no one knows how good or how bad it’s going to be. But I like the change. Why not?”
James is spot on in his assertion of the shortcomings of the previous incarnation of the NBA All-Star Game and all its related contests and the like. Oftentimes, it just takes throwing something at the wall and seeing what sticks to effectuate substantial and appreciated change, especially when it comes to something as benign and meaningless — and still potentially enjoyable — as an all-star game.